The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Space Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran will organize a workshop focusing on the use of space technology for dust storm and drought monitoring in the Middle East region.
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Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region
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